As we deal with a situation that is unprecedented in our lifetime, we have been required to adapt and respond in ways that we could not have ever imagined. As a community, we have modified our behaviors in order to protect ourselves and each other. Below you will find information and resources that describes that response.
While we have all experienced the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, and in varying degrees over the past several months, as a community we can all be proud of our response to the formidable challenges that this global pandemic has brought. It has been a privilege to participate in and to witness our shared commitment to the continued health and safety of our community, in tandem with our commitment to the ongoing and important work of the university.
Guided and, indeed, driven by this commitment, we have implemented systems to Keep KAUST Safe and to support the wellbeing of all of our community members as we return to the workplace and move to the new normal. Our workplaces are up and running, just as efficiently although somewhat differently than before. Our children continue to grow and learn, but the environment they are doing that in is very different from what we would have imagined a year ago
Living and thriving in such challenging circumstances requires not only cohesion and dedication in setting up systems but also “buy in” from the community as a whole. Our goal is to communicate, clearly and with transparency, what we are doing and why we are doing it. Our response to COVID-19 is a result of the hard work of multiple teams across the university but the sustainability of our response relies on the commitment of each of us individually.
University wide updates and information together with breaking news type updates and possible emergency updates to community services and recreation services are available here:
The continued physical and mental wellbeing of all our community members is paramount in the guidelines and programs that have been developed over the last several months.
It is during times of stress that we reveal ourselves as individuals and as a community – our response during this pandemic is a good metric of of who we are and what we aspire to be. This is what it truly means to be a member of the KAUST family – pitch in and pull together for the common good.
Our commitment to education remains constant, despite the changes required in order to deal with the pandemic. Our childcare providers, our KAUST school administrators and teachers, and the KAUST Children’s Center all have systems in place to protect our children while continuing to provide a world class education in an environment that stimulates curiosity and encourages exploration.
Our faculty, students, and alumni are contributing to global efforts to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic through their research and product development.